The Choice

“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation!”  Habakkuk 3:18 (ESV)

My right knee has been bothering me off and on for some time. Apparently I have some arthritis in it & who knows what else. The past week or so, however, it has brought me quite a bit of consistent pain.

Pain sucks. Pain can be debilitating. It can get me down physically and emotionally. It can cloud out just about everything else. Pain can be like that …

If I let it.

And it can be tempting sometimes to let it. It can be tempting to let pain engulf me and trap me and consume my thoughts and focus.  But Habakkuk teaches me “no.” Habakkuk teaches me that even in the midst of pain — even a lot of pain — I can rejoice in th Lord.  Habakkuk teaches me that, without denying the reality of pain, I still have a choice.  I can choose to succumb to pain, or I can choose to take joy in the God of my salvation nevertheless.  I can choose still to rejoice.

Pain cannot take away the choice.  Pain, in fact, presents the choice.

And so I choose not to focus on the knee that hurts (even though it still hurts, sometimes a lot). I still have many, many other body parts that work well! I am choosing today not to focus on all the things I cannot do with a hurt knee … but to focus on finding out what I can still do, even with a hurt knee.

Pain will not win. I may need to adapt … but pain will not win. I will rejoice in the Lord. I will take joy in the God of my salvation!

I will.

That is my choice.  What is yours?

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Author: AHRoberts

My calling is to integrate the body back into how we worship and devote ourselves to God. God asks us to love Him with all that we are. And as integrated beings made in His likeness, that must include our bodies. Unfortunately, however, much of Christianity does not include the body in faith practices. I believe God cares about all of who we are, including how we care for and interact with these amazing bodies He gave us. A group-fitness instructor for over 27 years and a personal trainer, I also have a Masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school. My love for fitness and for Jesus have always been intertwined. My desire is to fuel a movement that brings the body back into loving God with ALL of who we are.

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